Hear Ye, Hear Ye! 10 Things To Try At The Renaissance Festival

10 Things To Do At The Michigan Renaissance Festival - The Awesome Mitten

The Renaissance Festival is a tried and true Michigan tradition. It’s one of my favorite things about the fall: something to look forward to every year. Before we get into my favorite things to do at the festival, let’s get in a little history lesson… History of the Fest The Michigan Renaissance Festival began in […]

What’s So Funny? Your Guide to Live Comedy in Michigan

Mick Foley at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle. Photo courtesy of C&G Publishing

Tim Allen, Dave Coulier, Kristen Bell, Madonna, Keegan-Michael Key, James Earl Jones…what do all of these actors have in common? They were all either born or raised in Michigan! From movie stars to musicians and so much more, the entertainment world is full of Michiganders. And for those of us still living in the Mitten State, […]

Good Times at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak

Finding good comedy at a great price can be tough, but it can be found at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle. Located in downtown Royal Oak, just north of Detroit, this 18-and-up comedy club opened for business in January of 1979, and they have been dishing out comedic talent ever since. It has acted as a […]

Rediscovering Traverse City: City of Love

It’s officially winter time in Michigan.  It seems the snow has arrived with an apology and is trying to make up for her absence in December…in the form of snowing, blowing, and questionable road conditions!  There’s no better season than a Michigan winter to snuggle up with the people you love.  While many consider Valentine’s […]

Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival

I love writing for the Awesome Mitten. Opportunities to explore new places and meet people living inspirational lives are abundant. Every now and then an assignment falls across my lap that I get exceptionally excited about. The Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival is coming back February 14-17 and is packed with more events than […]

Day 82: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase

Originally opening in 1984 as the Main Street Comedy Showcase, the name and location have changed, but the mission of the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase has remained the same: to offer high quality comedy entertainment by bringing in the best rising talents. Many stars have passed through the club on their road to fame, such […]